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The pages that follow were posted from September through December, 2004.


Special Feature: Helping Tsunami Victims in Asia
Links to sites on the Web where you can donate money to aid the millions of people in need. December 29

Weekly Feature (Brad): Preparing for a Family Christmas
Brad shares his holiday preparations and wishes us all a joyous season.  December 24

Weekly Feature (Trudi): Lights in Winter Holidays 2004
Trudi has revised and improved on her feature on the lights of winter holidays.  December 18

Writing Tip (Brad):
Five Important Rules of Written Grammar
Why not master these five tips for the holidays? Grammar, particularly English grammar, can be difficult for writers to masterDecember 14


Student Writing
: The Place I Long For
Jana's rich description makes it easy to imagine the peace she finds at a favourite place.  December 13

Weekly Feature (Tazim): Holiday Fun
Now that the Certificate Tests are almost over, Tazim suggests we take the time for some holiday fun in the Vancouver region.  December 11

ALL STUDENTS: PALC Food Bank Drive for 2004 THANK YOU!
Tazim keeps us up to date on our efforts.  December 11

ALL STUDENTS: Monthly Events through June 2005
Our calendar has been updated with all important dates through June 2005.  December 11

About the ALC: Students' Favourite ALC Activities
Ten favourite activities from students who studied with the PALC this term. Interesting and varied, they are well worth reading!  December 7

All Students: Daytime and Evening Recognition Ceremonies
Come celebrate the end of term with your teachers, our administration, and fellow students. Bring a dish to share at the potluck! December 7

New Quizzes (Brad): Level 4, 5 and 10 Grammar Review Quizzes
Three quizzes to help students with key grammar concepts taken from Level G and H Language Exercises. December 5

Communications 12 (Louise; Daytime Class): Class Assignment
For Louise's students. Information on days to write in-class paragraphs. December 5

Weekly Feature (Rick): Comic Book Heroes
Rick gives us a personal account of his love of comics, including a strong argument for their value in helping us learn to read.  December 4

Student Writing: The Mosquitoes on Campus
Couch writes an amusing story of meeting the new, much smarter, urban mosquito!  November 28

Career Resources
(Elaine; Counsellor): New Resources for Job Seekers
New sites added for accountancy and a new resource called, What Can I Do With a Major In. . . ?.  November 28

English 10
(Brad): Preparing for the Certificate Test
Extensive information handout for English 10 students writing their certificate tests this term.  November 23

English Skills
(Brad; Friday): Quizzes to Prepare for Certificate Tests
Try this selection of grammar quizzes to refresh your memory and test key grammatical concepts.  November 23

Lit and Comp 4
(Brad; Friday): Writing the Paragraph
Student worksheet for November 26 class.  November 23

Student Writing
: Facing New Challenges: The In-Class Essay
Grace writes a process essay explaining how a student can prepare well for writing an in-class Certificate Test essay. November 22

Special
Feature (Paul): Frequently Asked Questions: Certificate Tests
Paul gives us a list of 16 frequently asked questions about our tests. Each one is answered in detail and provides a student with a clear understanding of requirements.  November 21

Literature and Composition 4 (Louise; Thursday): Class Assignment
Louise's class for this week, held on November 25.  November 21

Social Studies 5/10
(Louise; Evening Class): Class Assignment
Louise's class for this week, held on November 22.  November 21

Weekly Feature (Patricia): Vivid Verbs
Patricia demonstrates the power of vivid verbs and provides us with two quizzes to test our knowledge.  November 20

Teacher Writing (Brad): Two Sample Certificate Test Essays
Two essays on the same topic, one written by the teacher and the other written together with the Advanced Composition class on November 18.  November 20

ALL STUDENTS: Certificate Tests Student Resource Page
Many resources on the different subject areas students need to prepare for before the upcoming test session. Writing resources include advice on the paragraph and essay structure. November 16

Weekly Feature (Pat): Personal Counselling at the PALC
Pat outlines the important services offered to students by our counsellor, Jane Osborne. November 13

Student Writing: Nothing Came to My Mind
Tina has written an intriguing narrative paragraph about finding quiet contemplation time in her car on an autumn day. November 9

Teacher Writing (Brad):
Certificate Test Preparation: A Teacher's Advice
Process essay written to help students with their certificate test preparations.  November 9

Writing Tip (Brad):
Commas: Student Examples with Teacher Comment
The comma is one of our most powerful punctuation marks. Writing Tutorial students practiced commas this week. View their sentences and Brad's comments.  November 7


Weekly Feature (Louise): Collocations: Word Pairs
Louise explains and demonstrates this important vocabulary term. Find examples and a quiz to help you learn them! November 6

Lit and Comp 4
(Brad; Friday): "Bless Me, Ultima" Worksheet
Student homework and worksheet for November 5 class.  November 2

New Quizzes
(Louise): Social Studies 5/10 Review Quizzes
Four quizzes to help students remember key terms for the Government Unit. November 1

Advanced Composition
(Brad): Certificate Tests: A Process Essay
Weekly assignment for evening Advanced Composition students for November 4 class. Includes a teacher-written sample body paragraph. November 1

English 10
(Brad): Examining our Writing Process
Weekly assignment for daytime English 10 students for November 3 class.  November 1

Weekly Feature (L): Career Week
L reminds us that this coming week is career week in Canada. In its honour, our career counsellor, Elaine, will hold an information session for interested students. October 31

Weekly Feature (Jennifer): Emily Murphy: Person
Jennifer gives us the inspiring story of Canada's first female judge: Emily Murphy. October 24

Advanced Composition
(Brad): How to Do It: The Process Paragraph
Weekly assignment for evening Advanced Composition students for October 28 class.  October 24

Writing Tutorial
(Brad; Weds.): Making Sentences Longer
This week, we worked to make our sentences longer and more interesting. We learned how to use an appositive phrase after our sentence subject, too.  October 24

Lit and Comp 4
(Brad; Friday): "Double Face" Discussion and Writing
Student homework and worksheet for October 29 class.  October 24

Writing Tip (Brad): Adding Detail after the Object

Making sentences longer can be a challenge. Why not add detail after the object, that part of the sentence following along behind the verb? 
October 23

English 10
(Brad): The Essay Boilerplate: An Essay "Skeleton"
Weekly assignment for daytime English 10 students for October 27 class.  October 23

English 10
(Brad): Comparing and Contrasting: Plan A or B?
Weekly assignment for daytime English 10 students for October 20 class.  October 18

Advanced Composition (Brad): Comparing and Contrasting: Plan A or B?
Weekly assignment for evening Advanced Composition students for October 21 class.  October 18

Weekly Feature (Helen): The United Nations
Helen gives us lots of information on the UN. Did you know it's United Nations Day on October 24th? Includes two vocabulary matching quizzes. October 18

New Vocabulary Quizzes (Helen): United Nations Vocabulary
Two vocabulary quizzes based on Helen's Weekly Feature. October 18

Google Site Search
: Find Pages More Easily at PALC.net
We've added Google search to let you find our site's pages easily. Try it and see!  October 17

English Skills
(Brad; Friday): More Idioms Using "Foot"
Notes from the last two Friday classes on "foot" idioms.  October 16

Social Studies 4
(Trudi): Resource for Students: Canadiana 
New resource for students studying in Trudi's Level 4 Social Studies.  October 15

Social Studies 5/10
(Cheryl): Government Resource Page: Politics Watch  
New resource for students studying Unit One: Government.  October 14

Lit and Comp 4
(Brad; Friday): The Paragraph Checklist
Student homework and worksheet for October 15 class.  October 12

English 10
(Brad): Reminder and Worksheet
Weekly assignment for daytime English 10 students for October 13 class.  October 12

Advanced Composition
(Brad; Thursday): Using Metaphor
Weekly assignment for evening Advanced Composition students for October 14 class. Includes a link to a teacher writing sample for this topic. October 12

Student Writing
: A Smart Pig
Annie's amusing paragraph contemplates what it would be like to be a pig, but only for one day! October 10

New Vocabulary Quiz
(Brad): Get Ahead: Head Idioms Quiz
A quiz to help you with new vocabulary from the English Skills 3B-C class. October 10

Weekly Feature (Dina): Ramadan
Dina introduces us to this Islamic tradition, due to begin on October 15 this year. October 10

Writing Tutorial
(Brad; Weds.): Writing about Food
This week, we worked with food vocabulary. Examples of useful vocabulary and student examples with teacher comments.  October 9

Teacher Writing (Brad): A Weekend Breakfast at Brad's House
Paragraph that demonstrates the use of senses in writing. Example of the process paragraph structure.  October 9

Lit and Comp 4
(Brad; Friday): Worksheet for "The Road Not Taken"
Student homework and worksheet for October 8 class.  October 5

Advanced Composition
(Brad; Thursday): Writing a Persuasive Paragraph
Weekly assignment for evening Advanced Composition students for October 7 class. Includes a link to a teacher writing sample for this topic. October 4

English 10
(Brad): The Reader's Reaction: Criterion-Based Questions
Weekly assignment for daytime English 10 students for October 6 class.  October 4

Student Writing
: Three Rules for Writing
Joshua gives us three rules that will help any student of writing become more successful. October 3

Weekly Feature (Cheryl): Canadian Thanksgiving
Cheryl explains the difference between the Canadian and American celebrations. October 2

Writing Tutorial
(Brad; Weds.): Weather Words
This week, we worked with weather vocabulary. Examples of useful vocabulary and student examples with teacher comments.  September 30

English Skills
(Brad; Friday): Idioms Using "Head"
Notes from last Friday's class on "head" idioms.  September 28

Literature and Composition 4
(Brad; Friday): Logical Connectors Worksheet
Student homework and worksheet for October 1 class.  September 28

Advanced Composition
(Brad; Thursday): Writing for an Audience
Weekly assignment for evening Advanced Composition students for September 30 class. Includes a link to a teacher writing sample for this topic. September 27

English 10
(Brad; Wednesday): Feeling a Fool While Going to School
Weekly assignment for daytime English 10 students for September 29 class. Includes a link to a teacher sample essay on the assigned topic.  September 27

Weekly Feature (Brad): Learn CPR: Save a Life!
Did you know that, in Seattle (3 hours from Vancouver), almost every citizen knows CPR and could save the life of a heart attack victim? Find out more about this lifesaving technique. September 26

Literature and Composition 4
(Brad; Friday): Notes on Poem, "Sympathy"
Review these notes before you begin writing your assigned paragraph. Includes a link to a practice quiz on the poem's vocabulary.  September 26

Teacher Writing (Brad):
Your Teacher's Composition Errors Classified
Read a sample paragraph of 125 words that outlines some of the composition problems he faces in writing.  September 26

Writing Tip (Brad): Students' Errors Classified
Read about the common errors students make in composition. How many do you share with them? Results are from the English 10 and Advanced Composition classes.  September
26

Advanced Composition (Brad; Thursday): Classifying our Errors: Enhancing Revision
Weekly assignment for evening Advanced Composition students for September 23 class.  September 21

Literature and Composition 4 (Brad; Friday): Worksheet and Homework
Student homework and worksheet for this week's class.  September 21

English 10 (Brad; Wednesday): Classifying our Errors: Enhancing Revision
Weekly assignment for daytime English 10 students for September 22 class.  September 20

English 10
(Brad; Wednesday): "In a Real Jam" Teacher Paragraph(s)
Sample paragraph for this week's assignment. Demonstration of paragraph revision.  September 20

Weekly Feature (Trudi): Fall Equinox
Trudi explains the equinox and points us to good information on the Web. September 19

Student Writing: The PALC for Improving Your English
Ciprian has some good advice on how the PALC can help you with your English skills. September 18

Teacher Writing (Brad):
Three Rules of Writing
Read a sample paragraph of 124 words that gives the teacher's opinion of three important rules for writers.  September 18

Writing Tip (Brad): Student Examples: Important Writing Rules

Students discussed important rules for writing and writers.  September 18


New Quiz (Louise): Brochures and Advertisements (LitComp 4)
A quiz to help you with new vocabulary from your Pre-GED reading. September 16

Literature and Composition 4 (Brad; Fridays): Class Introduction
An introduction for new students of this level. Note that a textbook is required and is available for purchase in Room 184.  September 14

Job and Career Page (Elaine; Counsellor): New Resource: Drive a Bus
Elaine has added a new resource for students who are interested in considering a career in the transportation industry. September 13

Advanced Composition (Brad; Thursday Evening):
The Three Most Important Rules of Writing
Weekly assignment for evening Advanced Composition students for September 16 class.  September 13

English 10 (Brad; Wednesday): By Way of Introduction (Assignment)
Weekly assignment for daytime English 10 students for September 15 class.  September 13

English 10 (Brad; Wednesday): Course Outline
Outline of areas of study and expectations for English 10 students.  September 13

Weekly Feature (Tazim): Back to School
Tazim points out useful information at the B.C. Ministry of Education for adult students. September 11

Weekly Feature (Paul): The City of Richmond (B.C., Canada)
Paul gives us lots of interesting information on the city, home to our airport and more.  August 29
 

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